George Baldock – The Don Returns

It has just been announced that George Baldock will be returning to the Kassam Stadium on a season-long loan after he impressed in the 12 games he played for the U’s last season.

Baldock, 22, played 12 consecutive games for United scoring one goal in dramatic

fashion as he lofted the ball into the back of the net in the final minutes against Morecambe.

George Baldock had to say:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Oxford and am more than happy to be back. We got on a decent run and the team finished really strongly.

If you look at the players that the club have signed this summer then there is even more quality and depth to the squad this time around and that makes coming back for a longer period a very exciting challenge for me.

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Baldock in action for MK Dons

“The fans were great, the club is ambitious and I’m looking forward to joining up with everyone this week and getting a full pre-season under my belt.”

The MK Dons man will be joining up with the Oxford squad tomorrow alongside new signings Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe, Ryan Taylor and Sam Slocombe where they will be undertaking a training camp at RAF Benson.

Michael Appleton adds:

“We are really pleased to have George back again. He fitted in superbly last season, he is a local lad and he is ambitious to be part of a successful side here. The fans took to him straight away and we think he is only going to get better the more games he plays at right back. Most importantly he is hungry and he wanted to come back to Oxford, which I think speaks volumes for the way the club is heading.”

In other news Ryan Clarke is set to move away from The Kassam as Michael Appleton revealed this morning that he would be surprised if the U’s stopper was a Yellow come the end of the week.

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Vassell brought in to help the U’s

Peterborough striker Kyle Vassell has arrived at the Kassam Stadium on loan for the remainder of the season. It has come as no surprise after Appleton vouched that he was back in the market after United’s strikers have had a torrid time in front of goal – with no goals scored from open play in 11. Vassell himself had to say:

“I’m delighted to be here. Hopefully I can score some goals and help Oxford in the remaining games this season”kyle-vassell-cele-mk-dons-4-3119-1832944_478x359

The Posh striker has registered 5 Sky Bet League One goals this season and gives United another option in the final third. If Vassell is to feature on Saturday he will be the 43rd player to make a U’s appearance this season after one of United’s busiest ever seasons in the transfer market.

In other news loanees Giorgio Rasulo and Armand Gnanduillet have returned to their respective parent clubs after being recalled for lack of game time. Also prospect Balmy has joined Oxford City on loan for the remainder of the season.

Roofe Extends United Stay

West Bromwich Albion loanee Kemar Roofe has extended his loan spell with the U’s until the end of the season. Roofe has impressed in his four cameo appearances and earned his first start against high-flyers Bury last week. His efforts have been recognised by boss Michael Appleton who is delighted that he Kemar+Roofe+Shrewsbury+Town+v+West+Bromwich+Pvq0TaargCplwas able to add to the original 28-day loan spell previously agreed.

“I worked with Kemar when he was a youngster at West Brom and have always known he has talent. He has now added a real maturity to that and he has done well for us. I think there is more to come from him and it is good to be able to work with him over a longer period.”

With top-scorer Danny Hylton suspended for the next two games it is likely the forward will retain his place in the starting XI and he could use this to cement a regular starting role. Kemar himself is excited to extend his stay.

“It’s good to have it sorted out nice and early. I have really enjoyed my time here. I have been made to feel very welcome, there is a positive outlook throughout the club and I am enjoying my football.”